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Science Trek 2023

May 19, 2023

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

3rd - 5th Graders


We're very excited to be bringing Science Trek back to campus this year and getting 3rd-5th grade students involved in our Idaho State University community, and seeing how Bengal scientists work in their worlds, demystifying science and showing that anyone can become a scientist! This will be a fun afternoon/evening of learning and exploration on May 19th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Questions contact Rob Gay, Museum Education, (208)-282-2195 or

Science Trek Class Options

  • Charging into Chemistry: Learners will be able to execute simple procedures in the chemistry lab and describe appropriate safety precautions to observe while doing so.
  • Dive into Fossils! Join Museum Paleontologists as they dive into the fossil record of Idaho.
  • Compounding - Ice Cream in a Bag! Learn about pharmacy compounding, and how the science background helps make fun activities while learning about STEM fields.
  • Magic Molecules and Microbes: Introduce learners to microbiology by showing them different organisms and to introduce them to DNA as the genetic material in the cell.
  • Making, Launch, and Keep a Water Rocket: Learners will come to understand what makes something more or less aerodynamic with water rockets.
  • Nuclear Detective: Learners will travel to the Nuclear Reactor center on campus to use Geiger Counter to find a radioactive source and get an understanding of how a chain reaction works at a nuclear reactor.
  • Owl Pellet Dissection: Did you know owls don't chew their food, but swallow it whole? When they're done digesting, they spit up all the indigestible bits; mainly bones and hair. These owl pellets can tell us a whole lot about owls, their diet, and even how environments have changed over hundreds or thousands of years! 
  • Problem-solving, troubleshooting, and Team Building: Learn that communication and teamwork is essential to innovation and problem solving using laser mazes, force balance challenge, or Legos.
  • Python Turtle Graphics: Learn how to write and execute Python code to draw pictures using Turtle Graphics
  • Robotics Arms and 3D Printing Technology: Learners will know about various types of robotic arms: Industrial Robots and Co-Robots. Get basic information about how to work with them and get familiar with 3D Printing technology.
  • Trashcano! Learn about the role of gases in explosive volcanic eruptions. Learners will make and test hypotheses about eruption sizes in relation on LN2 volumes.